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Mrs. Groth from Wasilla AK is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Tracking Future Earthquakes

Help me give my students a Raspberry Shake earthquake monitoring computer to allow them to monitor and track future earthquakes.

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My Students

My students attend one of the most diverse, Title I schools in my district. Most receive free or reduced-price lunches. Many have challenging upbringings where school is the safe place to be. Despite the adversity that many students face in their daily lives, they show up to school wanting to learn and be challenged. They especially love hands-on activities. They want to create with coding and computers, not just be users of the technology.

I would like to take their computer knowledge one step forward by coding and building something real and tangible.

Recently, our school was hit by a major earthquake. Many students are still dealing with damage to their homes. Earthquakes are very real and tangible to them now. I would love to bridge the gap between their recent experiences and computer coding and monitoring by purchasing a Raspberry Shake seismograph. The Raspberry Shake is a simple device that the class can assemble and use to monitor earthquakes. The Raspberry Shake could also be used in Science class.

I believe this monitoring system will provide meaningful learning for years to come and excite students about technology and science.

My Project

Students will use the Raspberry Shake to track and monitor earthquakes. The Raspberry Shake is powered by Raspberry Pi, which is a computer that has many applications and is programmable by non-professionals and students.

Students will work with the Coding and Science teachers to monitor earthquakes and draw conclusions based on the data recorded.

Students will be able to use coding to track earthquakes. Since the students just experienced a very large earthquake, they will be very interested in drawing conclusions and sifting through the data. Maybe, one day, one of my students will find a way to predict earthquakes.

Mrs. Groth
Grades 6-8
Half of students from low‑income households

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RS1D/Turnkey Raspberry Shake • $374.99 1 $374.99

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